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Eagle Pros and Cons

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
Zwenger Photo Just finished my phase of Eagle and now I’m off to Station Ponce de Leon and I’ll tell y’all how that goes in my next post. So, Eagle, also known as the slave ship to many. It has its ups and downs just as everything does in this world. So I’ll start off with the good. Before Eagle I knew very few people in my class and now I’ve met the majority of my classmates and made some great new friends. That is probably the best thing that Eagle does – helps, no makes you meet new classmates. However, as you can probably imagine, some people, after living with them for this long can get on each other’s nerves, so it ends up being a non-bonding session in those cases. Second good, the port calls are fun, until you end up having to wear trops on even the hottest days. So port calls go from “extremely fun” to “fun” because we couldn’t wear civilian clothes. Third good, climbing on Eagle in the middle of squalls (big storms) is pretty exhilarating.

 

Now the bad: the long work days. For three out of the five weeks, you have a schedule like this: Monday, 6 hour work day; Tuesday, 6 hour work day; Wednesday, 12 hour work day. This vicious cycle repeats every three days. Not fun. That is probably the biggest negative. Overall Eagle wasn’t terrible but it definitely was not the most fun thing I’ve ever done. Interesting? Definitely. I learned a lot about the Coast Guard and what all the different enlisted rates do, and we got to sail on America’s Tall Ship. Oh yeah! The new swabs report in in one week. Pretty exciting. That’s all.

 



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